Chairman’s Message

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2017-2018 was a challenging and busy year for the Fellowship. On behalf of Richmond Fellowship of Hong Kong, I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Executive Committee (ExCo) members, all colleagues and volunteers. Thank for their dedication, staying positive and resilient to the challenges ahead in difficulties.

 

Last year, we implemented a series of measures based on the projected figures in the financial budget. ExCo members and management had been closely communicating with middle-management and frontline staff to openly and constructively exchange views on financial and other administrative measures. Not only did it secure the development stability of the Fellowship resulting in more fruitful reserves in the year end, but also demonstrated the full support on the organization operation and undertaking of service provision between ExCo members and staff at all levels.

 

We specifically treasure participation and contribution from each of the stakeholders. A caregiver was invited to join in the Executive Committee last year and this made the composition of the Committee more representative with caregiver’s participation. Colleagues were seen as one of the key stakeholders of the Fellowship. ExCo and management will continuously communicate with colleagues on service development and realization of our vision, “to be a leading and innovative community mental health organization committed to users’ participation”. To enhance the organization’s strategic development, the Fellowship established three Sub-committees respectively in Finance, Human Resources and Service Development last year. With recommendations on strategies for further development to the EXCO, these arrangements would strengthen the effectiveness of the organisation’s governance, its current policies and operation.

 

The sustained development and enhancement of services in the Fellowship relied on the full support and donation of all distinguished guests and partners. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all parties for their support, including various departments of the HKSAR Government, charitable foundations, business partners and individual donors granting us funding, as well as different stakeholders like business groups, district parties, people in recovery, caregivers, volunteers and etc. collaborating in community programmes.

 

In the past year, we walked together with people in recovery and family caregivers in their recovery journeys and had gone through the path of nonlinearity. ExCo members and colleagues have engaged mutual support and faithful commitment with the belief in instilling hope. Looking ahead, I wished to scale the heights of Richmond Fellowship of Hong Kong in all aspects. Hoping that we stayed united and co-worked in harmony, as what the theme of bamboo displayed in the Annual Report with its full strengths of year-round greenery, fast-growing, resilience and variety in usage, to streak ahead in the provision of quality mental health services in the community. The Fellowship will soon mark its 35th anniversary milestone in serving Hong Kong society!

 

Prof. Ng Yat Nam Petrus
Chairman